Reprint Edition (presumed First Printing with Mach Tey dustjacket art) African American author's second book. Mimi Daquin, "a negro Creole girl with ivory skin and hair of reddish gold" passes, for a time, as white. In the New Orleans of her birth, Mimi never encountered the hierarchies of skin color that existed elsewhere. But when her family moves to Atlanta, she embarks on a lifelong lesson about what it really means to belong to a people. From the Atlanta riot of 1906 to her shameful expulsion from black bourgeois society because of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, to her working-class status in Philadelphia and Harlem, Mimi eventually decides to escape her miseries by passing for white in New York City. There, her success exceeds her expectations but even so cannot quell a recurrent yearning. Although a reprint, this book is seldom seen in dustjacket. Scarce. Very Good in Good dustjacket, shallow edge chipping, long closed tear across front panel mended at verso with scotch tape.